Atlanta Metro / Atlanta

Historic Oakland Cemetery

248 Oakland Ave. SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

  • Not only is Historic Oakland Cemetery repository of history, art, and architecture; but is also a botanical garden and arboretum. Photo courtesy of Dinny Addison

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  • Image looking toward the Fulton Cotton Bag and Mill Lofts.

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  • The Historic Oakland Foundation partners with the City of Atlanta to preserve, restore, enhance, and share Oakland Cemetery with the public as an important cultural resource and an island of tranquility in the heart of the city.

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  • Guided walking tours are offered every weekend or by appointment during the week. Please see website for details.

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  • The Bell Tower once housed the chapel, and was home to the sexton, the caretaker of the cemetery. Now it is home to the sexton's offices, and the offices of the Historic Oakland Foundation.

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  • The Lion of Atlanta, modeled after the Lion of Lucerne, guards the unknown soldiers at Oakland's Confederate burial grounds.

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  • One of the most visited of Oakland's residents is Bobby Jones.

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Oakland Cemetery is an 48-acre park and historic site in southeast Atlanta that contains the city's oldest extant burial grounds. Among the 70,000 interred at Oakland are the unmarked graves of paupers, Civil War soldiers, a Jewish section, an African-American section, 27 former Atlanta mayors, six former governors, and prominent Atlantans, including "Gone With The Wind" author Margaret Mitchell Marsh and golf great Bobby Jones.

Oakland is more than an outstanding example of a Victorian garden cemetery. It is also a magnificent sculpture gallery, botanical garden, public park, and picturesque setting for quiet reflection.

Spend an hour or a day walking the grounds with a self-guided tour map or one of our mobile phone tour apps. If you are here on the weekend, join one of our guided walking tours. Private group and school tours are available by reservation. Maps and tickets are for sale in the Visitors Center, located in the Bell Tower. Visit our website to plan your trip today! 

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 9:00AM
    Monday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
    Saturday: 9:00AM

    Admission & Fees

    Foundation Members Free

    Guided Tours - Adults $12

    Guided Tours - Families (2 adults, 2 children) $28

    Guided Tours - Seniors (65+) $6

    Guided Tours - Students with ID $6

    Other Tours See Website

    Self Guided Tours - Maps at Visitors Center & Museum Shop $5

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking, Gift Shop, Guided Tours / Guide Available, Maps & Brochures Available, Meeting Facilities, Picnic Area, Public Restrooms, Self-guided Tours

    General Information

    Family-friendly, Handicapped Accessible (Limited) , Open Year 'Round

    Group Amenities

    Group Reservations Required , Group-friendly

    Near Interstate Highway

    20, 75, 85

    Payment Options

    American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa

    Special Tags

    Civil War Site

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Tunes from the Tombs

    Tunes from the Tombs

    06/18/2016 - 06/18/2016

    Last year's Tunes from the Tombs marked the first time in the festival's history that all performers hailed from Georgia. The all-local lineup continues in 2016, with over a dozen bands accompanying two-time Grammy winning headliner Arrested Development for a day of music and spirits benefitting historic Oakland Cemetery.

    Leading up to the headlining performance, HeaveN... read more